Investing in Women Phase 2 (2019-23) Mid-Term Review Pathway 1 Report
Investing in Women (IW) consists of three pathways, with each pathway contributing to improvements in the enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment (WEE) by supporting the removal of barriers to women’s full economic participation. This report presents findings and recommendations from the Phase 2 Mid-Term Review of Pathway 1 (P1) focused on Workplace Gender Equality (WGE).
Under P1, IW supports Business Coalitions (BCs) that work with influential businesses on shifting workplace cultures, practices, and policy barriers to achieve WGE. During Phase 1 (2016 – 2019), IW established the Indonesia Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (IBCWE) and the Philippines Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (PBCWE) in 2017. In 2018, IW P1 established the Business Coalition for Gender Equality (BCGE) in Myanmar and the Vietnam Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (VBCWE).
This review found P1 to have achieved some promising results. The BCs have started to build a profile and are increasingly invited to speak publicly, provide advice to the government and the private sector, and share their research. Three of the BCs have strategically focused their policy reform work on corporate sustainability reporting by advocating for the inclusion of WGE in reporting requirements. Increasingly, the BCs have shifted to strategic local partnerships with NGOs, governments, and particularly with business associations that have helped the BCs to access a pipeline of potential members and advance policy reform work.